ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP)’s Press Statement

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ULAA Council of Eminent Persons (UCEP), Inc.

Office of the Chairman

605 Matisse Way, Williamstown, NJ 08094


“Leading the way forward for a united and strong Liberia”

UCEP, Inc.’s Press Statement

Disputes in ULAA are Decided by the Constitution

No provision(s) in ULAA’s Constitution states, the National President or its administration has legitimate power and authority to interfere in local chapter delegate’s selection process. Secondly, the National President cannot cancel a planned scheduled National General Assembly.

Therefore, UCEP, Inc., the legitimate Eminent Council of ULAA, Chaired by Eminent Dr. Jesse M. Cooper, Sr. is in agreement with the decision taken by the Nation Board of ULAA on September 16, 2023, which states in the absence of the National Administration, the Board will continue the affairs of the organization until new election is held in 90 days.

Issued on this 22nd day of September in the City of Williamstown, New Jersey, USA

Prepared by the Secretarial and Approved by the Chairman.

UCEP, Inc. is a non-profit and non-partisan Diaspora Liberian organization whose goal and objectives are to promote democratic governance and the rule of law in Liberia. In addition, it has been our paramount concern to provide suggestions based on research and through educational forums to help improve governance institutions, law and order, to empower all Liberians to voice their legitimate concern without and intimidation. We have been in existence since Saturday, October 30, 2010.

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The Union Of Liberian Associations in the Americas

National Board of Directors

Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas (ULAA)


Office of the Chairman

Alfred Sieh Chairman

Dao Kamara First Vice Chairman

Mohammed Keita Second Vice Chairman

James D Barclay Secretary

Thomas Johnson Treasurer

Press Release

September 16, 2023

Due to the cancellation of generations by the President, Hon. J. Shiwon Kamara at the end of his tenure, the Union is without a leadership. In the interest of continuity of the Union’s business, the national Board of Directors will exercise the affairs of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas until the Board appoints an interim leadership.

The Board’s authority to appoint an interim leadership relies on the Union’s Constitutional provision Chapter XXIII, Article 7 which empowers the Board to appoint an interim Leadership that will organize an election within 90 days if an elections nullification affects the ticket of (president & vice), and the sitting president of the Union and member(s) of the Board are candidates.

This announcement seals the temporary transfer of Leadership of ULAA from the Kamara/Grant administration to the National Board of Directors. The public is advised to direct all matters and transactions of ULAA to the National Board of Directors.

James D. Barclay

Rev. James D. Barclay

Secretary General, ULAA Board of Directors


Posted by: New Americans Magazine , September 20, 2023


Over the September 14-17, 2023 weekend, many Liberian Americans attended the 49th General Assembly of the Union of Liberian Associations in the Americas in Philadelphia. However, what was supposed to be a joyful celebration focused on celebrating the highs and finding solutions to the lows ended in chaos and the cancellation of the Union General Elections.

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